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King of Stats: All the numbers ahead of the FA Cup semi finals

| 12.04.2013

It’s FA Cup semi-final time and there are over 100 betting opportunities for each of the two Wembley contests.

Millwall will be looking to replicate their run to the final of 2004 by beating Wigan, while Chelsea put a lengthy competition unbeaten run on the line against Manchester City.

The King of Stats has perused these markets and hopes to have found some lucrative betting opportunities.

0 – The number of goals Man City have conceded this season in FA Cup wins over Watford, Stoke, Leeds and Barnsley. Meanwhile, they have already shut out Chelsea in both Premier League meetings. It is 2/1 that Man City keep another clean sheet at Wembley.

29 – Chelsea have not suffered an FA Cup defeat in 90 minutes since losing to Barnsley back in 2008, which is a run of 29 games. Chelsea are also 2/1 to reach the final with a victory in normal time.

12 – The second FA Cup semi final has been won by the team technically playing away in all of the last 12 years. Man City are therefore in the box seat this time and are 8/11 to get the better of Chelsea and progress into the final.

6 – On six occasions in the last eight seasons, the opening FA Cup semi final has seen more goals scored in the second period than the first. It is 1/1 that the second half is the highest scoring between Millwall and Wigan.

4 – Looking at Millwall’s last six FA Cup games to be played at a neutral venue, they have triumphed four times, with just the one defeat. 10/3 is the price that they beat Wigan.

3- Of the last four meetings between this pair, three have ended in a 2-0 victory, with each of the last two going in Wigan’s favour. A Wigan 2-0 win here is 13/2, with a Millwall triumph by the same scoreline considered a 20/1 shot.

5 – Carlos Tevez has been the danger man for Man City in the FA Cup this season, scoring five goals in their four victories. He can be backed at 11/2 to open the scoring against Chelsea, but given his starting place is not guaranteed, the safer money will be on the 7/4 that he is on target in the 90 minutes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.